Physical challenges are much needed when many days are spent indoors. Currently, all council equipment-based playgrounds are not available, so what are the alternatives. Children readily respond to physical affordances in their environment:
- a fence/gate with horizontal railings or a tree with low branches communicates climb;
- a border of rocks or logs suggests balancing;
- stepping stones invite hopping or jumping games; and,
- an open grassy field means run as fast and far as you can, perhaps with a home-made kite in tow!
Let children share their physical play interests in natural environments, see what they choose and be there as needed. Remember physical play is about building spatial awareness, strength and co-ordination, as well as managing risk and understanding what your body can and cannot do just yet.